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Soggy, storms and gusts to start 2021

Heather Haley is tracking Friday’s rain and winds, and when the cooler air arrives this weekend.
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 5:27 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 1, 2021 at 11:32 AM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The WVLT Weather is in effect on this Friday for the rain that can cause ponding and runoff issues, plus a risk for some stronger storms into the afternoon hours. Gusty winds move in today and actually last on into tonight.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Bands of heavy rain can lead to runoff issues and ponding on roads.
Bands of heavy rain can lead to runoff issues and ponding on roads.(WVLT)

We have an 80% coverage of our area in rain with some storms. Bands of moderate to heavy rain are moving though, plus an isolated stronger storm is possible. The coverage slowly backs off this afternoon, with scattered storms lingering through the early evening hours. By 4 o’clock, the WVLT Weather Alert can officially end. The wind gusts increase to 30+ mph at times before slowly decreasing Friday evening to Friday night.

Today is still on the warm side, as we top out around 66 degrees!

Tonight only drops into the upper 40s, but a few spotty showers are still possible. Gusts continue to around 20 mph at times, and are decreasing going into Saturday.

LOOKING AHEAD

Saturday is nice and mild, as the winds back off, clouds part at times, and we top out in the upper 50s.

Scattered showers move in again Saturday night, as the colder air moves further south behind it. We’ll have scattered rain showers by Sunday morning, with a low of 39 in the Valley. With temperatures closer to the low to mid 30s on the Plateau to the Tennessee, Kentucky line, a few flurries to snow showers are possible Sunday morning.

We’ll only warm to around 45 degrees Sunday, or back to right around “normal”.

The next work week starts off with sunshine and highs in the 50s. Our next chances for rain holds off until late week.

Stick with WVLT News for the latest on our local forecast!

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